A PROJECT tackling the growing problem of arson attacks by youngsters has clinched an award.
South Tyneside Council saw off competition from six other authorities to take the Community Involvement award in a national competition organised by local authority trade publication Local Government Chronicle, for its Bored in Boldon scheme.
Fire service reports reveal the number of arson attacks on grassland and wheelie bins have plummeted in Boldon since the project was launched a year ago.
Bored in Boldon launched a number of activities to engage young people with the community after they identified boredom and alcohol as the main causes of fire setting in the area.
Police figures also show that since the start of the project, crime has reduced by 14 per cent, criminal damage by 15 per cent and youth antisocial behaviour by 60 per cent.